This Was Least-Watched SOTU in 14 Years

Fox the only network to gain viewers for speech

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2014 11:18 PM CST | Updated Jan 30, 2014 12:16 AM CST

(Newser) – American TV viewers chose to skip President Obama's State of the Union address en masse. The address pulled in just 33.3 million viewers, the lowest since Bill Clinton's final SOTU address in 2000, when there were 35 million fewer Americans, the Hollywood Reporter finds. The ratings were just a little down from the 33.5 million who watched Obama's SOTU address last year, but still well above the 31.5 million who watched Clinton in 2000.

MSNBC and CNN saw big drops in viewer numbers year-on-year, but Fox—by far the most-watched network for the address—managed to gain a big rise in viewer numbers to 4.7 million, up 25% from last year, Mediaite reports. But there's one still one loser at Fox: Bill O'Reilly, who confidently predicted that his pre-address show would be watched by more Fox viewers than Obama's speech. His audience numbers were pretty healthy, but his prediction was off by more than a million viewers.

President Obama's SOTU address Tuesday night was the second least-watched of the century.
President Obama's SOTU address Tuesday night was the second least-watched of the century.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday night.
President Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday night.   (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
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